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Tradesman Continuing Education

Beginning January 1, 2008, all individuals holding tradesman licenses with the trade designations of plumbing, electrical and heating ventilation and cooling are required to complete three hours of continuing education for each designation and individuals holding licenses as liquefied petroleum gas fitters and natural gas fitter providers are required to complete one hour of continuing education. The continuing education requirements must be fulfilled before a tradesman can renew his/her license. The continuing education requirements must be completed during each two-year license renewal period. 

Code Updates: The colleges offer the continuing education classes for tradesmen based on the latest Virginia building codes.  This will impact the continuing education courses taught for the tradesmen re-licensing – HVAC, Electrician, Plumbing and Gas Fitter. 

Virginia’s Community Colleges have been approved by the Board of Contractors of the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) to conduct training that meets the continuing education requirements.

The community colleges are required to submit rosters for each course they conduct.  That information is downloaded to each individual tradesmen record. Participants are strongly encouraged to keep a record of completing the course (i.e. certificate of completion) in case it is requested by the Board office when a tradesman renews.  

Class Information

  • Schedule for 2013  (HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing and Gas)
  • Online classes available anytime,  through multiple community colleges.
  • The cost for the three hour courses is $125 per class and $65 for the one hour gas fitter class.  This amount must be submitted by check or credit card, payable to the college, and submitted with the registration.
  • Registration materials and information are available from each of the Community Colleges' website or by calling the individual college. Contact information for each college is posted on the 2012 schedule.  


Mindy Fast
Coordinator, Customized Training and Continuing Education
Regional Business & Industry Coordinator
Workforce Development Services

For more details of about the requirements for continuing education go to the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation



Kelly Schwendeman, automotive technology program head at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, shows off a vehicle used in the new Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle program offered at the college through a grant by the U.S. Department of Energy.


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